How to Attract Dark-Eyed Junco

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BE AWARE THAT HABITAT TYPE MORE THAN ANY OTHER FACTOR, WILL IN MOST CASES, DICTATE THE SPECIES OF BIRD THAT VISIT YOUR PROPERTY. 

Description: A very common winter feeder bird in the United States, the Dark-Eyed Junco is one of the easiest birds to attract during that time of year. The Slate Colored Junco has dark gray upperparts and a white belly (note: females may have brownish tint). Dark Eyed Junco favor millet but will eat a great variety of seed if provided on a platform feeder or on the ground. A steady supply of seed plus a shrubby environment or brush pile for shelter will encourage the Dark-Eyed Junco to stick around through winter. This bird will also make use of a birdbath if provided.

Overview

Identification:

  • Small-sized bird

  • Male: dark-gray upperparts, white belly, pink beak

  • Female: brown-gray upperparts, white belly, pink beak

Habitat:

  • Backyards

  • Open Woodlands

  • Fields

Eating Habits:

  • Mainly seed from wild and bird feeder sources

  • Some insects (while breeding)

Nesting:

  • On or low to the ground

  • Brushy areas

Top Ways to Attract Dark-Eyed Junco

Millet     Birdbath     New England Aster     Ground Feeder     Cracked Corn

Trees & Shrubs that Attract Dark-Eyed Junco

American Sycamore (Seeds)     Birch (Seeds)     Eastern Hemlock (Seeds)     Eastern White Pine (Seeds)

Flowers & Vines that Attract Dark-Eyed Junco

Goldenrod (Seeds)     Joe Pye Weed (Seeds)     New England Aster (Seeds)     Purple Coneflower (Seeds)    

Attracting Dark-Eyed Junco with a Bird Feeder

Feeder Type:     Ground     Hopper     Platform

Feed:     Millet     Nyjer Seed